Hero workout held for downed officer

CrossFit had not been founded when Monticello’s Virgil Lee Bensyl worked for the Illinois State Police, but family friend Dave McLearin thinks the downed Illinois State trooper would have been honored by the hero workout performed by fitness enthusiasts last week at CrossFit KMC in Monticello.

Liquor code changes discussed by council

The Monticello city council will consider changing its liquor code to allow earlier alcohol sales on Sundays.

Grant received for Allerton trail improvements

Allerton Park & Retreat Center was recently awarded two grants, which will be used for trail improvements and environmental education programming.

Expense limit approved by Bement school board

The Bement school board approved the proposed updates and amendments to the Bement CUSD school board policy at its monthly meeting Wednesday, Jan. 11.

One of the major items in the policy was the maximum amount board members and school employees can be reimbursed for outings such as conferences.

Rep. Davis receives committee assignments

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) on Jan. 13 received his committee assignments for the 115th Congress. Davis will continue to serve on three committees in the House: the Committee on Agriculture, Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, and Committee on House Administration.

Wedding tips from local brides

As we pondered just what wisdom to pass along to potential brides, a thought occurred to us: Who better to impart advice than those who have recently gone through the rigors of planning a wedding?

County board hears annual reports

Autopsies spiked in Piatt County last year, a county official is looking to start a drug court, and the use of Services for Seniors and the local diaper pantry continue to rise.

Allerton hosting Birding Big Year contest

Allerton Park hosts up to 200 different species of birds throughout the year, which should make it a hot spot for bird watchers.

But that aspect of the Monticello-area forest is somewhat overlooked.

Woman injured in accident near Bement

A Bement woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Illinois Route 105 between Monticello and Bement the morning of Jan. 11.

Monticello board discusses new gym option at Washington

Monticello school board members learned on Jan. 11 that the latest facilities upgrade option that would add a new gymnasium and 12 classrooms at Washington Elementary School would cost an estimated $26.7 to $29.1 million.

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